UNIX for FORTRAN Programmers provides the serious scientific programmer with an introduction to the UNIX operating system and its tools. The intent of the book is to minimize the UNIX entry barrier and to familiarize readers with the most important tools so they can be productive as quickly as possible. UNIX for FORTRAN Programmers shows readers how to do things they're interested in: not just how to use a tool such as make or rcs, but how to use it in program development and how it fits into the toolset as a whole.
The tools discussed include:
The FORTRAN compiler (f77).
UNIX interactive command languages, or shells (csh for interactive use, sh for shell programming).
vi, the standard UNIX editor.
Object library management tools (ar and ranlib).
The programming environment (I/O, basic system calls, error handling).
The adb and dbx debuggers.
prof, gprof, time, profiling tools.
make, a tool for automating complex compilations.
rcs, a source code management system for large projects.
Our look is the result of reader comments, our own experimentation, and feedback from distribution channels. Distinctive covers complement our distinctive approach to technical topics, breathing personality and life into potentially dry subjects. The animal featured on the cover of UNIX for FORTRAN Programmers is a mammoth. The mammoth was any of the Pleistocene elephants which became extinct three to four thousand years ago. Mammoths first evolved about two million years ago and at their height ranged over Europe, Asia, North America, and North Africa. The largest of the mammoths was the Imperial mammoth of North America which stood 14-15 feet at the shoulder. The best known of the mammoths is the woolly mammoth of Eurasia and North America. In order to survive the arctic climate in which it lived, it developed a thick coat of hair and a layer of fat up to three and a half inches thick, which it used both for insulation and as a food reserve. Its large tusks curved back inward too far to be useful as weapons, but probably served well as shovels for digging through snow for food. Mammoths were hunted by early man for food for thousands of years. It has been hypothesised that overhunting may have been the cause of mammoth extinction.
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